BUSINESS / ORGANIZATION:
Daphne R. Robinson ConsultingShreveport, LA
ABOUT THE BUSINESS / ORGANIZATION:I am a licensed attorney in Louisiana, a public health professional, and the Executive Director of the Center for Public Health and Justice; a nonprofit corporation founded to improve the public health and access to justice for individuals in the Mississippi Delta. In my capacity as a business consultant, I provide business consulting services to established and emerging for-profit and nonprofit organizations throughout the country. On June 14, 2018, I will be launching my online course, ”The Ultimate Non-Profit Start Up Boot Camp," in which I will train individuals on how to start a viable, nonprofit corporation within 90 days, so that they can put their own vision to work transforming their part of the world.
THE STORY:I am a public health practitioner and a former Assistant District Attorney in New Orleans and Rapides Parish, Louisiana. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Tougaloo College in 1988, I went on to earn my Juris Doctorate degree from the American University Washington College of Law in 1991. I have practiced law for over 20 years. For 18 of those years, I was an Assistant District Attorney (ADA) for the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office in Alexandria, Louisiana. As the Chief of the Juvenile Section, I also supervised a staff of four and was responsible for the prosecution of juvenile delinquencies as well as the abuse and neglect of children cases for the entire parish of Rapides. While serving as an ADA, I prosecuted many criminal cases and worked tirelessly in the community to create outreach programs designed to prevent crime. One of the programs that I developed was the Neighborhood Accountability Board; a panel of neighborhood citizens who volunteered to hear the offenses of youthful offenders. The board would then impose an appropriate sanction which often included writing letters of apology to victims and families, and participating in community service.
In 2006, I was asked by the John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation to serve as the Project Manager for Models for Change. A system for Juvenile Justice Reform in Rapides Parish. While spearheading the reform efforts there, I helped create evidence-based programs in the community to address the behavioral health problems of disadvantaged youth. I also wrote and collaborated in the writing of a number of academic articles on juvenile justice reform. As a result of this experience, my viewpoint evolved and I began to see delinquency and crime as serious public health issues.
After years of experience, I began to see that the criminal justice system is ill-equipped to deal with issues of mental and behavioral health. I now understand that incarcerating many of these individuals can do more harm than good. I see preventing crime not just as a public safety issue, but a public health issue as well, that requires decision-makers to support innovative programs that include diversion, treatment, and smart sentencing.
After seeing how my work with the Models for Change project directly impacted families in my community, I decided to devote myself entirely to the cause of criminal justice reform and crime prevention through public policy and advocacy. In May of 2016, I earned a Masters Degree in Public Health Prevention Sciences from the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta, Georgia. I continually work to expand my knowledge on these issues in an effort to make an impact on at-risk youths and families in the most vulnerable communities across the country.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS / ACCOLADES / AWARDS:
- Founding member of numerous non-profits, including of the Center for Public Health & Justice
- Worked as a consultant for the MacArthur Foundation for 3 years to create model community-based programs for at-risk youths
- Served on the board of the Rapides Foundation; one of the largest hospital conversion foundations in the Southeast
- Written grants for successfully funded projects and programs in amounts from $1,000 to $1,000,000 for nonprofit and for-profit organizations across the country
- Presenter at Vanderbilt University
- The Politics of Health in the US South Conference
- Presenter at Emory University School of Law
- Leader of a workshop on Childhood, Vulnerability, and Resilience
- Presenter at University of Houston Law Center
- Zealous Advocacy Conference 2016
- Police and Vulnerable People Symposium 2016
- Member, Advisory Council on Student Behavior & Discipline (Louisiana)
I grew up in Greenville, Mississippi, a city in the Mississippi Delta. My parents were natives of Louisiana and returned to the state when I graduated from law school. Anyone that knows me from Greenville knew that I always wanted to become an attorney and they’re rarely surprised when they hear that I achieved that goal.
SUCESS:I am a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. I enjoy reading, writing, and traveling. I plan to travel to Greece in September to visit Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini.
CONTACT INFORMATION:Daphne R Robinson, JD MPH
4830 Line Avenue, #120
Shreveport, Louisiana 71106
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